The Lorain County Board of Mental Health (LCBMH) is expanding its suicide prevention training options to include QPR. QPR, which stands for Question Persuade Refer, teaches people to recognize suicide communications and actions, intervene safely and confidently, and connect the person in need to the right help.
Talking about suicide can be difficult, for the person experiencing suicidal thoughts, or their concerned friend or family member. In fact, the difficulty is so great that people who are considering suicide often speak in “coded messages.” They might make indirect statements like, “You won’t have to worry about me much longer,” or “Everyone would be better off without me.”
LCBMH trains citizens to recognize and respond to warning signs as a key way to prevent suicide, and provides a full roster of mental health trainings. This year, the agency provided approximately 150 hours of training to an estimated 519 community members, as well as providing professional development for close to 200 clinicians and 200 members of law enforcement.
QPR can be offered in about an hour in most group settings. It is ideal for a “lunch and learn” session to help businesses meet their workplace wellness goals, or an after-church education session, or a civic group presentation.
QPR is in the National Registry of Evidence-based Practices and Policies.
“In Lorain County, we are fortunate to have trainers who are certified to deliver high quality, nationally and internationally researched suicide prevention education to anyone who lives or works here, for free,” says Dr. Kathleen Kern, LCBMH’s Executive Director.
LCBMH offers a range of suicide prevention trainings that vary in intensity and depth of instruction, from a 16-hour, extensive ASIST-Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training that is the same program that military and medical personnel often complete, to an 8-hour Mental Health First Aid certification, to the brief, basic QPR training. None of the trainings require any prior knowledge or experience with mental health issues.
To bring QPR to your business, church, library, civic organization or other Lorain County group, send a request to [email protected]